This volume and the three that follow it replace volumes 5, 6, 7, and 8 by B. O. Foster (vol. 5) and Frank Gardner Moore (vols. 6, 7, and 8), which appeared between the years 1929 and 1949. Both explanatory and textual notes of these works and the translations now being somewhat dated, a fresh text and translation, with updated explanatory and textual notes, are considered a desideratum.

The text of these editions is based on John Briscoe’s OCT for volumes 5 and 6 (Books 21–25), and T. A. Dorey’s and P. G. Walsh’s Teubner editions for volumes 7, 8, and 9 (Books 26–30), though there are some variations. The text of the Periochae is that of Paul Jal’s Budé edition and, in the traditional Loeb style, follows the text and translation of each book. The textual notes are necessarily limited, mostly restricted to readings and variants that significantly affect translation and interpretation or that differ from the above editions; readers are referred to those editions for more detailed information.

The translation is based on my Hannibal’s War in the Oxford World’s Classics series (see Select Bibliography) and has been substantially adapted to suit what I believe may be a different readership from OWC, one that ranges from the Latinless to those who know the language well.